Canada’s John Moonlight passes off in loss to the USA ( Photos Judy Teasdale )
June 21,2014(ISN) – SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – In front of a sold-out crowd of 7,804 at Bonney Field in
Sacramento, the USA Eagles defeated Canada 38-35 for the first time since 2009 as
part of the Pacific Nations Cup.
The hosts took control early on to start the game and, after Canada’s first scrum
was penalized, American fullback Chris Wyles opened the scoring with a penalty to
Following a steady stream of possession for the hosts, scrum half Phil Mack was
issued a yellow card and Wyles slotted another penalty to lead 6-0 nearing the 10
Playing with a man advantage, the Eagles continued to use their momentum, but were
unable to cross the whitewash.
Mack’s presence was felt immediately after getting back on the field when he set up
the game’s first try for flyhalf Harry Jones in the right corner. Canadian fullback
James Pritchard kicked a difficult conversion to take a 7-6 lead.
Off the ensuing kick off, American captain Todd Clever broke free for a powerful run
before offloading to Shalom Suniula who found Blaine Scully for the score. After a
short video review, the try was awarded and the Eagles lead 11-7.
At the 34-minute mark, USA touched down for their second try when Danny Barrett
broke through the defence. Wyles’ conversion brought the Eagles ahead 18-7.
Nearing the end of the first half the momentum shifted in favour of the guests on
the back of three quick tries. Hooker Aaron Carpenter drove over the line with a
powerful pick-and-go to bring the game to 18-14 before Pritchard dove on a DTH van
der Merwe chip kick for their second score to lead 21-18.
On the final play of the first half, outside-centre Ciaran Hearn picked up a loose
ball and scampered 60-metres for the score. Canada would take a 28-18 lead into the
The second frame opened in Canada’s favour when Jones broke free for his second try
of the match. After yet another Pritchard conversion, Canada lead 35-18.
Harry Jones played a strong game today for Canada (Photos Judy Teasdale )
At the 52nd minute mark, Canada’s penalty trouble continued when flanker Jebb
Sinclair was shown another yellow card, reducing his team to 14 men. Wyles added
three points off the boot on the ensuing penalty and the score stood 35-21.
American winger Scully dotted down shortly after for his second try of the game
after receiving a nifty pass from scrum half Mike Petri. With Wyles’ conversion, USA
would bring the game to 35-28 at the 60th minute.
Shortly after, the hosts continued to pressure with momentum in their favour and
Wyles added another penalty to bring the game to 35-31 at the 68th minute.
The Eagles secured their win after capitalizing on a blocked kick by Tom Coolican
deep inside Canadian territory. Brett Thompson, playing in his first game for USA,
scored the game-winning try at the 70-minute mark, with Wyles converting.
The final ten minutes saw both teams exchange possession and Canada had two
opportunities to take penalties in front of the posts, but elected to attempt the
win. Despite making numerous line breaks near the Americans’ goal line, the Eagles
held strong and Canada weren’t able to cross the whitewash.
USA would prevail 38-35.
With the loss, Canada finishes their annual June International test series with an
0-3 record, with earlier defeats coming against Japan and Scotland.
Canada’s next games will be during the November Test window and the schedules will
be announced in the coming weeks.
Coach Kieran Crowley:
“It’s difficult to win down to 14 men for 20 minutes and when you give away as many
penalties as we did and when you miss as many tackles as we did today. We didn’t
deserve to be as close as we were and it was a pretty disappointing performance
today,” said Crowley after the game.
“Our coaching staff is going to take a good look at this game and some of the
players will need to look at their performance today and we’ll look forward to
November now,” added Crowley.
Canada’s James Pritchard:
“We weren’t clinical enough, it’s as simple as that. We gave away too much ball,
weren’t strong in the tackle areas and our tackling was weak. There was a
second-place finish in the PNC up-for-grabs and there were times throughout the game
that we could have put them away and in front of their home crowd they fought back,”
said Pritchard after the game.
Canada’s Point Scorers:
Try – Harry Jones, Aaron Carpenter, James Pritchard, Ciaran Hearn, Harry Jones
Conversion – Pritchard X5
USA Point Scorers:
Try – Blaine Scully, Danny Barrett, Blaine Scully, Brett Thompson
Conversion – Wyles, Wyles, Wyles
Penalty – Wyles, Wyles, Wyles, Wyles
Canada’s Starting Roster for USA Test Match:
1- Andrew Tiedemann, (Castaway Wanderers /Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
2- Aaron Carpenter, (Cornish Pirates RFC) Brantford, ON
3- Jake Ilnicki, (Williams Lake Rustlers/Auckland Colts) Williams Lake, BC
4- Jamie Cudmore, (ASM Clermont Auvergne) Squamish, BC
5- Tyler Hotson, (London Scottish) Vancouver, BC
6- Jebb Sinclair, (London Irish RFC) Fredericton, NB
7- John Moonlight, (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Pickering, ON
8- Tyler Ardron, (Ospreys/Ontario Blues) Lakefield, ON – Captain
9- Phil Mack, (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
10- Harry Jones, (Capilano RFC/BC Bears) West Vancouver, BC
11- DTH Van der Merwe, (Glasgow Warriors) Regina, SK
12- Connor Braid, (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
13- Ciaran Hearn, (Castaway Wanderers/Atlantic Rock) Conception Bay South, NL
14- Jeff Hassler, (Ospreys/Prairie Wolf Pack) Okotoks, AB
15- James Pritchard, (Bedford Blues) Parkes, NSW, Australia
16- Hubert Buydens, (Manawatu Turbos/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK
17- Ray Barkwill, (Niagara Wasps RFC/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON
18- Jason Marshall, (Atlantique Stade Rochelais) Vancouver, BC
19- Jon Phelan, (Doncaster Knights/Atlantic Rock) Montreal, QC
20- Kyle Gilmour, (Saint Albert RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saint Albert, AB
21- Gordon McRorie, (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
22- Nathan Hirayama, (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Richmond, BC
23- Patrick Parfrey, (Swilers RFC/Atlantic Rock) St. Johns, NL
USA Roster to Face Canada:
1- Nick Wallace
2- Phil Thiel
3- Olive Kilifi
4- Samu Manoa
5- Hayden Smith
6- Todd Clever
7- Scott LaValla
8- Danny Barrett
9- Mike Petri
10- Shalom Suniula
11- Brett Thompson
12- Thretton Palamo
13- Seamus Kelly
14- Blaine Scully
15- Chris Wyles
16- Tom Coolican
17- Eric Fry
18- Titi Lamositele
19- Louis Stanfill
20- Kyle Sumsion
21- Folau Niua
22- Chad London
23- Luke Hume
CANADA’S MEN’S SCHEDULE:
CANADA SELECTS 26 – 27 BC BEARS INVITATIONAL
Saturday, May 31
Klahanie Park, West Vancouver, BC
CANADA 25 – 34 JAPAN
Saturday, June 7
Pacific Nations Cup
CANADA 17 – 19 SCOTLAND
Saturday, June 14
BMO Field, Toronto, ON
CANADA 35 – 38 USA
Saturday, June 21
Pacific Nations Cup
Bonney Field, Sacramento, CA